Your Golden Years, Your Golden Challenge: A Practicing Physician's Prescription for Preventative Health Care from Midlife to Retirement and Beyond

Your Golden Years, Your Golden Challenge: A Practicing Physician's Prescription for Preventative Health Care from Midlife to Retirement and Beyond

by Herman E. Schmid


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This book informs the reader of the major preventive health recommendations now practiced by the medical community. Prior to the middle of the last century medical care was primarily episodic. Patients did not see their doctor until they were acutely ill. Now, the advances in medical knowledge of disease processes and the availability of improved diagnostic techniques and treatments have focused medical practice on the prevention of disease. In other words, before the occurrence of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even cancer, there are detectable underlying disorders which, when discovered and treated early, can prevent life limiting disease. Four underlying disorders, namely, high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipids, elevated blood sugar and overweight are major risk factors for the chronic diseases. Five chronic diseases, namely, coronary artery disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke and diabetes are responsible for 80% of deaths in the American population. This book presents a preventive care plan in seven steps designed to counter these risk factors and diseases, and extend both the length and quality of life. The seven steps are discussed as separate chapters: Exercise, Weight, Health Evaluation, Non-prescription Agents, A Medical Approach, A Surgical Approach and “Preventive-Preventive Care.” Doctors have learned that the chronic diseases associated with aging usually do not start in older age, but often are present by middle age and younger. Then, changes in lifestyle and early treatment to control the known risk factors and underlying disorders are most effective in extending both the length and quality of life. This book will provide pertinent medical information for the reader to embrace a “golden challenge” of preventive care to know and to fully enjoy the rewarding “golden years” ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412035736
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 12/16/2004
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Schmid was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1955, with degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Masters of Science. He interned at the Milwaukee County Hospital, after which he served in the Public Health Service as an administrator with the National Heart Institute for two years. From 1960-1974, he pursued a research career, specializing in basic research on the cardiovascular system and the kidney at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He also served as Acting Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital from 1970-74. In 1974, he entered private practice and established the Pine Ridge Family Practice, resigning in 1988 for health reasons. After four years of an improved lifestyle of aerobic and strengthening exercise and weight maintenance, Dr. Schmid established a geriatric practice, Senior Care, PA, where he continues to practice medicine.

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